Review // The Near Witch by V. E. Schwab

Review // The Near Witch by V. E. Schwab

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. 

There are no strangers in the town of Near. 

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. 

But when an actual stranger-a boy who seems to fade like smoke-appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true. 

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. 

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know- about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy. 

Thanks to Titan Books for sending me an early copy in exchange for an honest review!

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International Women’s Day 2019 // Favourite Fictional Females

It’s that time of year again! Becky and I always make sure to post on this day and this year, we have decided to share some of our favourite female characters in books and games.

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| Lara Croft,
Tomb Raider |

If you talk to me for longer than ten minutes, then I will probably bring Lara Croft up at least once. I grew up with this character and she really changed the game (har har) for female characters in video games. The Tomb Raider games have always focussed around Lara and her abilities, rather than introducing love interests and having other people save the day. She’s flawed but she’s excellent and there’s a reason she’s still as popular today as she was 20 years ago.

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ARC Review // After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott

ARC Review // After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott

Two solar eclipses. Two missing girls.

Sixteen years ago a little girl was abducted during the darkness of a solar eclipse while her older sister Cassie was supposed to be watching her. She was never seen again. When a local girl goes missing just before the next big eclipse, Cassie – who has returned to her home town to care for her ailing grandmother – suspects the disappearance is connected to her sister: that whoever took Olive is still out there. But she needs to find a way to prove it, and time is running out.

I was sent an ARC of After the Eclipse from Titan Books in exchange for an honest review. 

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ARC Review // The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

ARC Review // The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Fire ascends from the earth, light descends from the sky
Too much of one doth inflame the other,
and in this is the extinction of the universe.

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

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I received a proof copy of The Priory of the Orange Tree from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review.

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Ships I’m Still Keeping Afloat

Ships I’m Still Keeping Afloat

Hi guys!
So whatever your opinions are on Valentines day (mine are that it’s a fake holiday for capitalist gain but, here we are) you can’t deny that it’s everywhere. So, in order to avoid tidying my bookshelves, I thought I’d talk about my favourite fictional ships!

(spoilers for Deathless, Girls of Paper and Fire, The Tiger’s Daughter, Shadow and Bone, Strange the Dreamer, Queen of Air and Darkness, The Dark Vault, The Song of Achilles, ACOTAR, Heartstopper)

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Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman // Mini Review

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‘Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?’

I ordered it. I received it. I read it in (approximately twenty minutes.) I squealed. I almost had happy tears. I loved. What an experience. Continue reading “Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman // Mini Review”